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26 March, 2006

A murder of trees

How green is my desert? Growing less green by the day, after untrained gardening labourers hacked dozens and dozens of young trees to death in what was presumably an ill-advised, ill-explained "go forth and prune!" command from their dimwit supervisors.

The boughs were hacked through, the once-healthy, glitteringly green trees reduced to a few leaves on the few scant twigs that remain. Several trees have already died, their last leaves shrivelled up and brown. Others are dying, unable to breathe since the decimation of their chlorophyllous lungs.

From oasis back to desert, with just a few hacks of the scythe.

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Blogger muks said...

where are the scandalous blog posts that kept me oh so happy to return home while working for 6 months in kuwait!...bring back balushi and his witty comments...tree give me the posts that made etisalat block your blog back in june of last year, and miraculously unblock it...I have a suggestion mention the gambling that I saw blatantly happening at the corporate hospitality area of the stadium at the horse races last night, and how CID was driving around the international village in golf carts, with "CID" written on a piece of paper stuck to the carts, keeping the peace...

26 March, 2006 19:49  
Blogger LazyOwl said...

Off Topic:

Some times I wonder, what should be my mission here. Should I keep my mouth shut & be a passive spectator. Guess It’s just a matter of choosing between the comfort zone and the war zone.

Having said that my sincere regards goes to those brave soldiers on both sides. Understand, you all are fine people, who respect humanity, but with different opinions & beliefs. But there can be only one truth & it’s out there.

As far as battle is concern, tactical war fare is the best. You provoke them, they go to defensive mode. Then you can’t expect any reasonable answer & the battle will go on…
Are we heading any where. No, not in my book.

If we expect any changes, shouldn’t we consider to bring “everybody” to the table. It may not easy as it sound, just a suggestion. Besides I miss Balushi & all the fun(Ha! Ha!).People are black & white characters, but still they are a integral part of the society.

Just a few stupid thoughts crossed my mind. No offence!

Man, I love this blog.

26 March, 2006 20:16  
Blogger Shaper85 said...

I prefer bloggers who are uninhibited by what people think of them and, if necessary, will express and defend their views passionately.

If people have to go on the defensive, it shows that their argument has been questioned and they typically should elaborate or rephrase what they are trying to express.
When you see bloggers resorting to sarcasm and petty insults, you know that their position is weak and they are trying to diverge attention away from their argument.

I think people should just think deeply to see how and why they support a certain side and then tell it like it is! Don't hide behind some politically correct barrier and try to present your argument in a way that is "acceptable" to the masses.

However, back to the topic at hand: poor tree :(

Actually, I thought the "science" behind such radical pruning was that the tree would grow back bushier and fuller than before... although judging by the pics this one seems to have been completely sheared to death.

26 March, 2006 20:31  
Blogger LazyOwl said...


"I prefer bloggers who are uninhibited by what people think of them and, if necessary, will express and defend their views passionately."

sounds like a "Dead Lock". A stable, evolving "system" should have feed back and "error correction.

26 March, 2006 20:58  
Blogger Keef said...

Pollarding innit! Nearly killing the buggers apparently makes them grow better. Damn shame they had to do them all at once though - our car park is now completely bereft of shade.

26 March, 2006 21:33  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Nearly killing the buggers apparently makes them grow better.

So we can expect even the ones with brown, shrivelled leaves to do a Lazarus on us?

Here's hoping.

26 March, 2006 21:49  
Blogger Amna_a said...

Poor trees, what a slaughter. :(

26 March, 2006 22:16  
Blogger sand in the vaseline said...

Nearly killing the buggers apparently makes them grow better

Are you talking about labourers and skyscrapers?

26 March, 2006 23:04  
Blogger Cokey said...

Murder of trees..Mmmmm..

Can someone tell me how to use the HTML tags?

It always says

Your HTML cannot be accepted: Tag is not closed

27 March, 2006 02:16  
Blogger Cokey said...

Hey SD,

How about the topic where UAE has opened a Human Rights Organization
in which xpats can have membership and participate but yet again 'full' membership will be restricted to locals only?

Would you like to shed some more light what this Org all about?

27 March, 2006 02:22  
Blogger LazyOwl said...

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27 March, 2006 02:45  
Blogger KingKaiser said...

Cokey - Yeah, it seems kinda pointless, since the individuals with the most to complain about vis-a-vis Human Rights are rarely citizens of this country.

Then and again, I think most people see that it is a necessary sham for acceptance in the larger world community. Only a few countries (US & Israel, amongst a couple of others) can get away with blatantly ignoring international conventions. The rest of the world has to fake agreement.

27 March, 2006 07:13  
Blogger KingKaiser said...

Then and again, a further argument against allowing the severely disadvantaged to obtain membership & a voice is that it would give them a fairly visible presence, which wouldnt reflect well on the country. If you ensure the downtrodden are no longer stepped upon, there wouldnt be a problem; but if you intend to keep the status-quo it just results in embarrassment to the state. Which should give you an idea as to where we might be heading.

As it stands, I wonder if these individuals have a future here after the present construction boom anyway.

27 March, 2006 07:17  
Blogger nzm said...

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27 March, 2006 09:15  
Blogger nzm said...

They like killing off the Palms too - plant them, leave them with the sacking over the fronds while they take root, and then forget to take the sacking off. The trees then die.

We've seen at least 10 around our area suffer this fate, and there are 3 more that I can see which will also die this way.

27 March, 2006 09:16  
Blogger Harsha said...

Coincidently, yesterday, on my way to Uni, I was gazing at the side of sh. Zayed Road, It was a picture perfect scene of green irony of Dubai - you would notice - there are trees, jus like the pictures in the original post, and just below the trees, there are huge green patches of luscious grass and bushes. with sunset in the background. anyone noticed those trees?

27 March, 2006 09:41  
Blogger the shadow said...

I used to live in a ground floor apartment in The Gardens and at one point I came home to find that they had come by and cut up all the bushes and trees in front of the balcony etc, leaving the front of the building totally naked! So I couldn't go outside for ciggies naked anymore.

Up until now, I had always thought that the first thing was related to the second.

27 March, 2006 11:41  
Blogger secretdubai said...

I know with palms they are supposed to leave the sacking on for a while (though not forever) until the roots have had time to grow in. Otherwise the force of the wind against the open leaves can blow the palm over.

27 March, 2006 11:43  
Blogger dont_want_one_had_to_get_one said...

An out of topic post - Almost...

SD, you might want to be careful posting photos that you took with your digital camera - IF - you registered your camera on the internet when you bought it. Each digital camera places certain off-colour pixels in the picture so that the manufacturer can identify the camera which it came from. If you registered your camera, they may know who you are.

This same technology exists in printers, faxes and photocopiers...

Print Industry Exec.

27 March, 2006 12:17  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Oh - thanks for that tip, print exec!

I bought my camera over the internet directly from Hong Kong, as it hadn't been released here yet. I haven't so far registered it - now I definitely won't ;)

27 March, 2006 13:18  
Blogger sand in the vaseline said...

Each digital camera places certain off-colour pixels in the picture so that the manufacturer can identify the camera which it came from.

Can you qualify this statement with any "proof" or internet source? I seriously doubt that camera manufacturers would deliberately produce images like this or after jpg compresion that such a thing would be detected.

27 March, 2006 13:39  
Blogger samuraisam said...

Yeah... right.
I think SD is probably anonymising with respect to the UAE gov't, not the NSA/CIA/FBI/KGB/whatever.

If you have to worry about the pixels of your camera being enough to track you down, chances are you're already screwed; also chances are that you wouldn't be providing photographs so publicly.

SD has probably also reduced the size of the images provided, which would mean another layer of JPG compression and probably not a 1:1 ratio of what the original camera provided, which would greatly interfere with tracking down the camera that produced the shots.

27 March, 2006 13:52  
Blogger ssosw said...

Printer Identification

Information you requested regarding Printer Identification. Not in any way responsible for the contents.Also have to mention that I did not particularly choose this website coz it says the US Gov is behind this.

27 March, 2006 14:00  
Blogger nzm said...

I know that Kodak was going to do this with some of their paper for their inkjet/dyesub printers.

It was supposed to stop the prints from being copied/scanned.

Trouble was, it could only stop them from being copied if you tried to copy them on another Kodak-brand scanner/printer.

I think that they abandoned the idea.

27 March, 2006 14:23  
Blogger desertblog said...

Is it just me or did a new blog entry after this one get pulled?

27 March, 2006 18:21  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Yes - I created and deleted a test entry. It was to try and test the Bloglet, which doesn't seem to be working (yet).

27 March, 2006 18:30  
Blogger Keef said...

SD: Give the shrivelled-up leaves a week. Well, no don't. The shrivelled-up ones will fall off, but new ones will grow in their place. Truss me, I'm a tree sturgeon.

Cokey: simplistic HTML lesson. If you are trying to put HTML tags into the comment window, it will only accept B, I and A. All of these tags have to be closed. So if you want to make something bold, you would type <b>the bold thing</b> note the slash before the last b. Confused? Thought so.

Everbody else: Toot!

27 March, 2006 23:53  
Blogger Cokey said...

Thanks keefieboy
thanks keef

didnt kno how to close it

28 March, 2006 00:11  

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